Family Faith Formation

Family Faith Formation Resources

Bethany UMC’s recommendation of these resources does not mean that we agree with everything contained within them. However, the central themes of the resources on this list are consistent with our theology.

Books for Parents

  • Seamless Faith: Simple Practices for Daily Family Life (Traci Smith)
  • Scrambled Starts: Family Prayers or Morning, Bedtime, and Everything in Between (Jenny Youngman)
  • Passing It On: How to Nurture Your Children’s Faith Season by Season (Kara Lassen Oliver)
  • Parenting in the Pew: Guiding Your Children Into the Joy of Worship (Robbie Castleman)
  • A Homemade Year: The Blessing of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together (Jerusalem Jackson Greer)
  • In the Midst of Chaos: Caring for Children as Spiritual Practice (Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore)
  • Making Crosses: A Creative Connection to God (Ellen Morris Prewitt)
  • Praying with the Body: Bringing the Psalms to Life (Roy DeLeon)

Websites/Blogs

Movies/DVD's

Social Media Resources

  • Pinterest search suggestions: “family spirituality” “children spiritual practice” “kids faith”
  • Twitter and Facebook: follow/like/friend Pockets magazine or the authors of any of the above blogs

Other 

  • “Pockets” Magazine (from the “Upper Room” – geared toward Elementary-age children)
  • Bible Apps for your phone or tablet – there are a lot available, but I haven’t tried any of the ones for kids or teens myself. Do a Google search and you’ll see your options, as well as reviews, which will help you pick one to try if you’re interested in this.
  • Service and Outreach Opportunities for Families - http://www.bethany-umc.org/connect-serve/serve/families-serving